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Akokli Mountain via Southeast Ridge
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.15 - 10:36:22
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Purcell Mountains
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 725m
Participants: Dan Richardson
Difficulty: 4: Scrambling to high 3rd Class (or even 4th class). Moderately technical scrambling, minor-moderate exposure, dynamic moves. Moderate routefinding.
Scramble of Akokli Mountain. Ascending SE ridge, descending north face to east bowl.
I'm the kind of person that scoffs a bit at the allure that names have and how people's mental maps seem so centered around named peaks, especially peaks with particularly exciting names. And yet, I'm pretty sure my interest in Akokli Mountain first started because it had a cool name. Oh well...

I didn't know what shape the road would be in, but was pleasantly surprised to be able to park exactly where I'd hoped (having looked at the sat view and planned my route), without more than a few scrapes on the bottom of the car.

There seemed to be a bit of a trail from the cutblock in the landing at the end of the road, which included a few logs piled over creeks. Wasn't sure if I'd found a trail to the peak, or to a grow-op. I hadn't been able to find any real info online, though I imagine there must be something in the un-digitized publications of the Kootenay Mountaineering Club. I do recall seeing it described as a tough scramble somewhere, but I can't find that source now.

Following the trail (which in hindsight was the old skid trail, according to sat view) took me near the top northeast corner of the cut block, but then faded out. With the leaves having fallen off the willows, it wasn't hard bushwhacking. Upon reaching a small rockslide and getting my bearings, I skirted below the slide and through some more forest to get into the open east bowl. The southeast ridge looked more sustained, but ultimately less challenging than the face of the northeast ridge (above the col) that I could see from below, so I gained the SE ridge at the easiest place and continued along it. [photo]eastbowlakokli.jpg[caption]Looking up through the east bowl towards the SE false summit. My ascent route is on the right up to the ridge and then along it. My descent route is from the...

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